Photo of Damien Wilson
Drafted By: Cowboys

Combine Results

Grade
5.15 ?
  • 4.77 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 22 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 37.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 119.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.21 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.20 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.68 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Wilson is a run and chase linebacker who was highly productive in college despite being an average athlete. Dallas has a need for linebackers so this was a solid depth pickup for them. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'0" Height
  • 33 3/4" Arm Length
  • 245LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/8" Hands

Analysis

Strengths

Productive, volume tackler over his two years as a Gopher 'backer. Stays committed to the chase when ball spills wide. Shows a feel for blocks coming at him from an angle. Lines up the defense. Drops into zone coverage and spies the quarterback, mirroring the quarterback's eyes and cutting off the passing lane.

Weaknesses

Production and level of play fell off over his final four games against better competition, including Ohio State and Wisconsin. Allows himself to be cut-blocked on the second level. Lacks natural instincts from inside the box. Over-runs his run fit and can be easily pinned. Vacated his run responsibility, leading to long TDs from Ohio State's J.T. Barrett and Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon. Too often waits for blockers rather than beating them to the spot.

Draft Projection

Round 6 or 7

Bottom Line

Fills the stat sheet, but is missing traits associated with becoming a starting linebacker in the NFL. He is an average athlete with average speed and loses leverage in his run responsibilities. He's a willing chaser and he's around the action, so a move to the WILL outside 'backer spot might make the most sense in order to limit his liability against downhill rushing attacks.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.

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